". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Monday, February 11, 2013

Janis Ian Wins Grammy & the FLOTUS Tweets Her Congratulation

Very cool story -- who would have thought there would be one out of the Grammys? Of course, it's a story that wasn't part of the television broadcast.

Janis Ian was nominated in the Best Spoken Word category, for the audiobook of her autobiography. The other nominees were Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Ellen De Generes, and Rachel Maddow.

JI said, "It's like a joke waiting for a punchline: An ex-president, a First Lady, and three lesbians walk into a bar ...." So cool.

And then Michelle Obama tweeted Janis Ian congratulations. So very cool! And classy too.

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